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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 45689
Last updated: 15 March 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic P28A model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-28-160
Registration: N6321W
C/n / msn: 28-406
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Ben Wheeler, TX -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Grand Prairie, TX (GPM)
Destination airport:Tyler, TX (TYR)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The private pilot departed the home base airport at an unknown time for a day VFR flight in the single-engine airplane to his destination airport. About 37 nautical miles from the destination airport, the pilot requested and received an in-flight weather briefing. About 10 miles west of the destination airport, the pilot contacted ATC, the airplane was radar identified, the pilot was assigned a transponder squawk and given the altimeter setting. The pilot acknowledged the controller's transmissions. Radar contact was lost, and no additional radio communications with the pilot were recorded. The pilot's third class medical certificate application (December 19, 1991) indicated 1,500 hours flight time, and the third class medical certificate was issued with the limitation: "must have available glasses for near vision." FAA records did not reveal any evidence that the 76-year old pilot held a current medical certificate. No evidence was found that the pilot had not obtained sufficient rest before the flight. There was no evidence found to either suggest a medical cause for incapacitation or to rule out incapacitation for medical reasons. All of the aircraft was accounted for in the wreckage debris. No evidence of an in-flight fire and/or explosion, or in-flight mechanical and/or flight control malfunction was found that would have rendered the airplane uncontrollable prior to the impact. Numerous attempts to obtain a completed Pilot/Operator Aircraft Accident Report (NTSB Form 6120.1/2), pilot logbooks, and maintenance records were unsuccessful.

Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to maintain aircraft control for undetermined reasons.



Revision history:

28-Oct-2008 00:45 ASN archive Added
21-Dec-2016 19:24 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
10-Dec-2017 13:19 ASN Update Bot Updated [Source, Narrative]

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